Monday, July 21, 2014

Porn vs. Erotica: What's the Difference?

"… erotica is simply high class pornography… designed for a better class of consumer. As with the call girl and the streetwalker… both perform the same sexual service."
-Andrea Dworkin

All right, that's not a terribly clear answer, is it darlings? Let's try again. I think I have one that might help get my point across a little better:

"What turns me on is erotic. What turns you on is pornographic."
-Ellen Willis

In short, and in my words: there isn't a difference. It's all the same thing, just like Botox is still Botox, even though now it's being marketed as a cure for chronic migraines. We can call it one thing or another, but it's still botulism and it still makes you look like somebody pulled your skin back and stapled it together.

The same thing with porn/erotica… although hopefully with fewer staplers. Unless you're into that. They are both designed for arousal, and they can both stop there or keep growing and expanding into actual story and characterization and all the other wonderful words we use to describe good literature and film.

Rather than differentiating between porn and erotica, let's just embrace them all. Free love, darlings, free love. They're not even different ends of the same spectrum. They're just different approaches to the same issue, just like A Wizard of Earthsea and Harry Potter are both different approaches to 'young person learning magic.' It comes down to the individual piece of art rather than some arbitrary labels.

Remember that, darlings: free love. It's free to love me, too. But, if you can't make it over today, you could always subscribe.


Raven

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